Joey aka GiddyGeeker – Founder/Organizer

Joey Starnes (aka the GiddyGeeker) does not claim to be an expert on all geekeries – she’s just happy to organize it. Her main geekdoms include Doctor Who, Marvel, Star Wars, board games, WoW, and most anything British. She also has a slight obsession with HGTV, Food Network, and TikTok. She’s mostly prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse but is always willing to upgrade her bug-out bag contents. She has yet to build up an immunity to iocane powder. When not scooting from con to con handing out flamingos, she’s blissfully ensconced on the couch with her dog Angel and her husband Matt. You can typically find her in all the places at @giddygeeker.

Contact her by email:  [email protected]

Matt aka StarnesLord – Assistant Organizer/Podcaster

Matt is the dubious tech guy of the Guardians of the Geekery and is known to rock the mic from way back – both while at Appalachian University as well as on various stations here in Charlotte. Writer of several comics including the creation of Leather Jacket Guy, his fandoms include Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Spiderman, and the Marvel and DC Universes. To find out more, visit him at

Carol the Cat – Writer/Podcaster

Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She is part of the Merry Mayhem with Wanda and Joey – helping with the Geek Gala and Geekery Market planning. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on Guardians of the Geekery, The Cinemistress on Geek Radio Weekly and one half of Refried Scenes on The Poprika Network.  When she is not podcasting – she is reading, writing or crafting. If you have trouble locating her, check your local cineplex, as movie theatres are her second home. Her fandoms include all things Tolkien, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and tea – lots of tea.

Wanda – Assistant Organizer

Wanda Harward is part of The Merry Mayhem, assisting Joey and Carol with the Geek Gala, The Geekery (formerly Muggles) Market, con going, and other shenanigans as required. Her geeky interests include anime, Japanese fashion (decora), filk music, renaissance faires, and gaming (online and tabletop). She currently runs a twice monthly D&D 5e group, with her son as co-DM. Professionally, Wanda is a life coach and tarot reader who specializes in coaching for geeks, gamers, and others.

Check out her site at Finding the Key Tarot.

Nick – Assistant Organizer

Nick organizes our monthly board game nights and other fun events around town.

Nick moved to Charlotte in 2015 and quickly found a home with the Charlotte Geeks. He’s typically always ready with a pun or pop culture reference. His interests include writing, baking, board games, doting on his niece, and trying to reach you about your vehicle’s extended warranty.